When I see a “Best of Supplements Award Winner” from Better Nutrition, I want to know why. With a whole slew of body building proteins out there, what makes the RAW Organic Protein from Garden of Life take the award? This protein is like none other. Let me count the ways!
- The protein is NOT whey-based, it’s plant-based from seeds and grains.
- They make it from the sprouted seeds and grains when the food is at its highest peak of nutrition and enzyme activity. Sprouted foods are better absorbed by the body, too.
- It’s organic. This is PURE protein.
- It includes the high quality “Vitamin Code” raw whole food vitamins A, D, E, & K.
- No sugars and no fillers
- No gluten, soy, or animal protein
- Includes protein-digesting enzymes and live probiotics for digestive health
Those are the differences - What are the similarities to other protein products?
- It mixes easily
- It is neutral tasting, like some other sugar-free proteins, so it can be added to shakes or breakfast cereal, in cottage cheese or even in a casserole
- It is high level complete protein, (33% Daily Value) per serving -- a whole 17 grams! Contains all the essential amino acids
With three bodybuilders in my house, I've seen a lot of whey come and go at our house. When fate dealt the men in our house physiques like Popeye (without the "big mus-kles"), rather than the solid looks of Brutus, I have had lots of opportunity to read plenty of protein labels. I've studied how much sugar and fillers are added to the protein, and just what the calorie count might be. This is a standout product with more health-giving ingredients than ANY protein I have ever seen.
When you see protein supplements, you often think of young athletes who need more protein in their diet. But they aren't the only ones who need extra protein. After 40 years of age, the body slows in the ability to process protein, and muscle strength can diminish. (Vella and Kravitz, Sarcopenia: The Mystery of Muscle Loss.) My husband and I often play tennis in the city tournaments, and if we are going to play against kids half our age, we have to keep our muscles in shape. That extra protein goes far beyond just muscle restoration. Ronni Chernoff, Ph.D., R.D., says "The importance of dietary protein cannot be underestimated in the diets of older adults; inadequate protein intake contributes to...increased skin fragility, decreased immune function, poorer healing and longer recuperation from illness." 1 When my kids and husband get their extra protein, they might be thinking "more muscles"...but I'm thinking "better immune system." Especially with Garden of Life’s RAW Organic Protein.
If you pay for designer whey, it may be time to switch to RAW - the mother of all designer proteins! While it may not have the designer taste of an oreo cookie loaded with sugar, it will have the nutrition design your body craves. Ellen
1 Chernoff, R., "Protein and Older Adults." Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 23(6), 2004, pages 627S-630S. http://www.jacn.org/content/23/suppl_6/627S.abstract?ijkey=94073964cac136994ac5cd712a60a